Thursday, July 31, 2008

as the sun's rays filter

as the sun's rays filter through the trees

my spirit is lifted and my heart is warmed

like God's own breath entering my lungs

a moment of peace is found where none had existed

in life there are seasons of bliss and turmoil

but God remains the same and we are blessed

take it all in for it defines who we are

image is me at Union Point Park in New Bern, NC

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

As the dust settles....I am THANKFUL

THANKFUL that Dad is recovering well and should be 100 % soon!

THANKFUL that trip to see son was pleasant!

THANKFUL that all were okay while away!

THANKFUL I have such a neat and wonderfully kind, supportive and agreeable family!

THANKFUL I have a loving SAVIOR!

THANKFUL I am about to celebrate 28 years of marriage to a fine man.

THANKFUL I have art to keep me sane.

THANKFUL I have a couple days in the wonderful NC mountains to enjoy next week!

Image is of the front covers of my newest zine for the Artella FAll ZINE Swap-Medley-Imagine issue.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

times like these

Dad is home from the hospital and doing pretty well. Still unsure of therapy and preventing a recurrence but praying hard and think he pushed for the right decision about the trip but I must admit it's been hard to concentrate on enjoying very much of it. I've tried but my mind continues to drift back to him. I've been calling about 3 times a day. It makes me feel better at least and hopefully it's helping him know how much I wish I was there sitting and talking and making sure he's okay.

Monday, July 28, 2008

a few days of uncertainty

After planning for weeks to visit my son, my dad had a mini stroke and we delayed it. He's doing well except for getting the full use of his right hand. I would like to request prayers of any and all readers. We are in New Bern and will be heading back home on Wednesday. Hopefully, as I am typing this my dad is going home from the hospital. He and mom insisted we go ahead with our plans. He is an amazingly strong individual. I hope to eventually be more like him. It's hard to spread yourself around when you are needed and wanted in more than one place at a time but sometimes it's necessary. Maybe one day I will be able to just do what is needed and not worry or feel guilty. Anyone else have these problems of being torn?

Friday, July 25, 2008

of God

the word of God

for guidance

the peace of God

for health

the love of God

for joy

the power of God

for strength

Image is of inchies I did for an Artella Swap.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Looking back

We keep so many memories put away in picture album's. You should take them out and look at them from time to time and share them. They are full of wonderful memories and moments in our lives. With email it's so easy to just send them on to people who would appreciate them. Use them in your artwork (I did a whole series of women in my family in collage style and called it HER). Alter books with them. Make copies and paint over them. Resize them into ATC's. Lots of people are sharing vintage images on their blogs and in their websites. Here's a great image of my husband's parents who are no longer with us. I love this picture of them.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The power of THREE

Walking this morning after a big thunder storm (and much needed rain-nearly an inch here in the drought area of western NC), I found two groups of three leaves. These from a hybrid poplar. I began to think of all the importance of THREES.

  • the THREE in ONE - Trinity- Father, Son and Holy Spirit

  • the THREE graces - Faith-Hope-Love

  • the THREE in families - my husband, son and me and my mother, father and me

  • the most special THREE little words - I Love You

What special threes are in your life?

Oh, and to answer a reader of my blog about the program I use for the ATC backs: Couldn't get to your blog or email: I use Microsoft Publisher. It's easy to use with text and picture boxes. So much easier than using Word. You just center the box or drag it where you need even to the edge of the page. You can then group it all and save as a jpeg image. Then you simply line all the images up on the page as you wish them to print.

Monday, July 21, 2008


an early walk

brings comfort to a stiff back

the cry of a hawk

brings comfort to my soul

the word of God
brings comfort to my heart

the beauty of life

brings comfort to my sprit

knowing comfort in a world

where little comfort is found

is a true gift from God

image is an old watercolor titled comfort

Sunday, July 20, 2008

ATC Signature Back

A member of the Artist Trading Card Yahoo group is looking for signature stamps for the back of ATC's. I created a backing on my computer and just write in the date, title info and sign it. It works so easy for me to not have to write in all the website and email stuff. Plus I included my pic. I like knowing what the artist who created each looks like myself. Others may wish to leave that part off. Hope this helps. Here is my back. Oh, and if you use the template for printing 10 ATC's on a page. You can print 10 of these backs on a page. I use cardstock to reinforce the card. If you don't like using lots of printer ink, just have them copied at an office supply store.

A Sunday morning vignette

a chorus of song birds, crows and roosters

the pink and gold sunrise

a sweet aroma of gardenia and mimosa

happy rabbits enjoying the sweet clover

a peaceful walk

inspiration from above

blessings abound

life is sweet

Friday, July 18, 2008


Imagine a day of happiness

Imagine a family of love

Imagine a neighborhood of tranquility

Imagine a workplace of support

Imagine a world of peace

Imagine a life of joy

Then do unto others as

you would have them do unto you

It is possible

Image is a digital cross. Feel free to use image in your graphic projects.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

scripture inspired

stand in the presence of the Lord

wait in silence

for a gentle whisper

all day long not just

when you are in need

Image is acrylic layered with prismacolor

scripture inspired

scripture inspired

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Faith not sight

I've always been a person of faith and hope but I must admit it is not easy. In the baby years as a Christian we often forget that it takes constant work and patience and persistence. Even though you know choosing the way of the cross is not a cure all for the world's troubles, you somehow continue to secretly think it is and then a trial comes and you sometimes lose it. Well, that is normal. No one, with exception to a few souls, is perfectly content, faithful and persevering all the time, 24/7. It takes daily practices of prayer, scripture study and just plain old faith...believing in what you can't see but believing anyway. I hope this gives many of you some blessed hope. Without faith it is impossible to please GOD. Without faith it is impossible to make it through any situation. So go forth with faith and keep on keeping on!

Image is another recent watercolor cross. Enjoy! Feel free to save image and share with others the faith it represents!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

10 Favorite Things

  1. Making zines

  2. Photocopy transfers over watercolor

  3. Cross images

  4. Journaling through writing, collage and responding to nature.

  5. The book of Psalms

  6. Blogging

  7. Cool summer mornings

  8. Instrumental music

  9. Walking

  10. Word studies

Monday, July 14, 2008

a breath away

I realize heaven is only a dimension away,

as close as the next breath I take,

but when I look into the billowing clouds

with the sun's rays slicing through,

It's like a glimpse into heaven's gate.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The light of God

illumines my path

on this journey called life.

The love of God

warms my heart

when the world gives me strife.

The peace of God

feeds my soul

in a world of starvation.

The joy of God

raises my spirits

through elevating creation.

Image is a fun crayola marker and clipart collage.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Moonlight Message

Night time is sacred and beautiful.
A clear crisp night makes you draw inward for warmth and in so doing you may feel closer to your maker. He also made the moon and He will shine His light and His moonlight right down on your head and into your heart. It is His way of touching your very soul and giving you a taste of the way life can be if you draw close to Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He made the moon and He made you. The Lord protects His own.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

I find answers

I find answers when I listen

I listen and I find contentment

I find contentment 'cause I have everything I need

I have everything I need 'cause I am blessed

I am blessed 'cause God is my ALL

God is my ALL and I am at peace

Image is a mixed media cross on a greeting card. When finished painting, spread leftover paint on scrap card stock. Dry and layer with more paint, prismacolor, pastels whatever you want. Cut into great shapes to make mosaics or greeting cards.

Monday, July 07, 2008

A Question I have been asking lots of family and friends

If you could go back to any point in your life and start over where would you go?

Maybe you'd like to journal or do an art piece in response. I'd love to hear from you when you have an answer. I've heard so many neat answers but still think the one from my dad (75) was best. He would not go back nor change anything. His life has been good like it is! Wow what a great answer. Maybe lots of you feel that way.

Me? I'd go back and major in art. I would be afraid of jinxing all the neat things I love about my life, like my wonderful husband and son but I sure wish I had the pedigree to go with the love of art making and creativity.

Let's hear it!

Just had to share this gorgeous picture of my Mom who is 78!

Sunday, July 06, 2008


Life is

a dream of the past

a mirage of the present

a vision of the future

and many intervals of


image is a woven cross of leftover watercolored scraps of paper

Saturday, July 05, 2008

results to questions about art

What makes you purchase a piece of art? -
It has to inspire me beyond the norm, to make me want to look at it again and again
When is speaks to me...well, when it SPEAKS to me...kind of like a toddler trying to get your attention- they will NOT be ignored. Seriously, when a piece grabs me and won't let go...usually when the message touches me deeply.
A piece of art has to touch something deep within, and I have to sort of feel like I cannot live without it. I try never to make impulse purchases, even of art, so I usually have to see if the piece still calls to me, and if I still want it, after a week. Also, I have to feel like it is worth the price I'm going to pay for it, and that is wholly subjective. How much I am willing to pay is totally based on how badly I want the piece.
It speaks to me in some way and it symbolizes who I am as a person (and it matches my home and I have somewhere I can put it)
I buy art I can't make myself...or if I can, I like the artist.
I think the same thing that attracts me to make art. Colour, textures, shapes which draw me towards it.
It speaks to my deepest emotions, and won't shut up! Oh, and I can afford it
I only buy art that "speaks" to me. It may be an emotional or a spiritual tug, or a response to the theme or just the colours, but there has to be some sort of spark of recognition that goes on between me and the artist.

Does art have a place in everyone's life? -
Yes, even photographs are art, and most everyone has a photograph in their home or place of business
Oh, I certainly hope so! Art has been such a soothing part of my life...especially since committing myself to our Lord. I'm still doing more art in my head, but I really do feel everyone's life would be improved with the addition of art.
I think that it should and that it does, even though people don't always recognize it as such (that is as "art"). Pictures on the wall, flowers planted in the garden, particular styles of shoes and clothes are all forms of art.
I believe art has a place in everyone's life. In fact, I think everyone is surrounded by art -- not always art created by a human artist! I believe that it enriches the life of every person to look at, wake up to the value of, and learn to appreciate, art of all kinds.
Yes of course art has a place in every life...even if it is just appreciated and not owned. And nature's art is the best!
Probably in some people's lives it may be unnoticed until something wakes them up! For me it was a progression from a creative embroidery course and then a desire to take art further.... I am sure that everyone has something which could awaken them to art.
If we use recycled materials as much as possible and always ask ourselves "can I use this" before throwing something away! It is hard for those who need to make a living with their art ....but we all need something beautiful in our homes somewhere even if it is just one piece!
It should, but it doesn't.
I truly believe art has a very necessary place in everyone's life. When I couldn't buy art for financial reasons, I did buy a book of full colour reproductions of famous paintings and pinned the ones I liked on the walls so my children could grow up with art. Visiting art museums and galleries is all very well, but there is no substitute for living with art.

Can art survive in these economic times? -

Yes, but it has to be tailored to the times as well in some fashion; for example, in devotionals that deal with hardship and surpassing that hardship
I would say yes...the 'experts' say that comfort items do well during stressed economic periods...and that people usually can find money to buy things that make them feel good.
Yes, art can survive in difficult economic times. In fact, it MUST survive in time like these. I think the harder the times, the more necessary it is to have beauty that helps lift you out of yourself. I try to live by this: If I only have $1, I will spend 50 cents on bread and 50 cents on flowers.
We all need dishes and furniture, for instance (and we generally pick out a design we like when purchasing--both are a practical form of art)
Art can certainly survive hard economic times, though making a living at art may be very difficult!
Yes, but it will be tougher, at least for those who try to make a living through their artwork. The emphasis will need to be on using what we've got on hand rather than adding all the new tools and materials to the stash. For buyers, there will need to be an even deeper emotional connection and a reasonable pricetag.
Art will always survive. The question should be, "Can artists survive in these economic times?" We all know that creating art is far from being the best way to achieve financial security. Very few people will be able to make a living from their art in these or any other times. Faced with economic worries, people will be less likely to spend their money on art, and artists will have problems being able to afford the better type of supplies. There will be no poverty of ideas and no lack of creative urges, however.

Image is from black and white art journal.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Let Freedom Ring!

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,the people he chose for his inheritance. Psalm 33:12

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine

Image is free to download for your art!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Why the freebies?

It is more blessed to give than receive; that's Biblical. God gave me my art to share and I try to do that as much as possible. It feels good to give and share. You always get more than you give. Giving out of abundance is a principle for living. If people of the world were better givers, maybe the world would be a better place. God placed it on my heart to do this. I hope I can keep up with the response. I will post answers to the questions in a few days. Funny how similar they are so far. Folks are more alike than different I guess. Blessings this day!

Another freebie but different

I make little zines and devotionals from my art work. I sell some but give most of them away.

If you would like one (my choice and there are about 8 now) just email me with your address and a comment and I will pop one in the mail to you. One more catch: answer three questions!

  1. What makes you purchase a piece of art?

  2. Does art have a place in everyone's life?

  3. Can art survive in these economic times?

Blessings to you this day!

Give till your heart is full!

NOTE: many of the zines have a Christian theme!

image is from my recent trip to the beautiful mountains of NC

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

right out the back door

my neighbor likes to sit in the swing on her screened porch...i wonder what she daydreams about. my husbands uncle likes to sit on the picnic table, summer or winter, i wonder what he thinks about. my son and i both love places to retreat and clear our heads and write and daydream. if you don' t have a little spot near your back door to retreat then i strongly suggest finding one. spend as much time there as possible. here's some suggestions of how it can help you:

  • read

  • journal

  • sketch

  • pray

  • listen

  • plan

  • watch nature

this should get you started; it doesn't have to be a complete setting, it can simply be a chair in the yard in a quiet place. i understand that carl sandburg sat on the large rock at the back of his house to write much of his poetry.

Image is from my little house book.